Hellfire

Hellfire

Director: John David Coles, R. G. Springsteen, William "Wild Bill" Elliott, Marie Windsor

Cast: John David Coles, R. G. Springsteen, William "Wild Bill" Elliott, Marie Windsor

     
 

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Western star William Elliot always insisted that his idol was silent-film cowboy William S. Hart. Elliot's Hellfire, then, can be seen as his tribute to the 1916 Bill Hart classic Hell's Hinges. Elliot plays a hard-bitten frontier gambler whose life is saved by a preacher. When the preacher dies as a result, Elliot vows to mend his ways. He becomes a

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Western star William Elliot always insisted that his idol was silent-film cowboy William S. Hart. Elliot's Hellfire, then, can be seen as his tribute to the 1916 Bill Hart classic Hell's Hinges. Elliot plays a hard-bitten frontier gambler whose life is saved by a preacher. When the preacher dies as a result, Elliot vows to mend his ways. He becomes a minister himself, planning to finish constructing a church that his predecessor had started. To finance this project, he hopes to collect the reward on female outlaw Marie Windsor. She resists all attempts to bring her to justice, but after a climactic shoot-out with the rest of the criminal element in town, the wounded Windsor repents her sins and agrees to turn herself in. Hellfire was written by Dorrell and Stuart E. McGowan, who later collaborated on the long-running TV anthology Death Valley Days.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Executive producers/writers Dorrell McGowan and Stuart McGowan reportedly sued Republic Pictures for "failing to use its best efforts in distributing Hellfire." The outcome of the suit is unknown, but suffice it to say, Republic had no idea how to promote this well-written, well-acted, and highly adult "Western noir." The studio was mainly geared to produce fodder for the Saturday matinee crowd and not Westerns in which an anti-heroine voices concerns of women's rights in a male-dominated society. And that is exactly what Hellfire's Marie Windsor does. Desperately seeking the whereabouts of her long-lost sister, Windsor concentrates her search to dens of inequity like saloons. "Where else would a single woman find employment," she states matter-of-factly to William Elliott's bible-thumping hero. Elliott, who co-produced Hellfire, makes an appealing hero, a variant of his recurrent "peaceable man" character, but like Miss Windsor, he became a victim of Republic's neglect. Both are at the height of their careers in this film and Hellfire should have earned them solid positions in Hollywood's star firmament. That, needless to say, didn't happen, but the film survives as perhaps Republic Pictures' finest non-John Wayne Western, the frankly inferior Trucolor scheme notwithstanding.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2015
UPC:
0644827686223
Original Release:
1949
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
13,721

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Zeb Smith
Marie Windsor Doll Brown
Forrest Tucker Bucky McLean
Jim Davis Gyp Stoner
H.B. Warner Brother Joseph
Paul Fix Dusty Stoner
Grant Withers Sheriff Martin
Emory Parnell Sheriff Duffy
Esther Howard Birdie
Jo Gilbert Full Moon
Louis R. Faust Red Stoner
Harry Woods Lew Stoner
Denver Pyle Rex
Trevor Bardette Wilson
Dewey Robinson Bartender
Harry Tyler Bartender
Richard Alexander Actor
Roy Barcroft Actor
Edward Keane Actor
Kenneth MacDonald Actor
Elizabeth Marshall Actor
Eva Novak Actor
Anne Twomey Actor
Hank Worden Actor
Paula Hill Actor
G.A. Minor Singer
K. Shaw Singer

Technical Credits
John David Coles Director
R. G. Springsteen Director
R. Dale Butts Score Composer
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Producer
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Bob Mark Makeup
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Tony Martinelli Editor
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Dorrell McGowan Producer,Screenwriter
Stuart E. McGowan Producer,Screenwriter
G.A. Minor Songwriter
William J. O'Sullivan Producer
Morton Scott Musical Direction/Supervision
K. Shaw Songwriter
Dorrell Stuart Screenwriter
James Sullivan Art Director
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design

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